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|Another reference to Shakespeare
Written by Barbara
(4/13/2010 3:36 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Reference to Shakespeare, penned by Elizabeth K
In Act I, scene iv of Romeo & Juliet, there is this exchange between Mercutio & Romeo:
Beyond the 'must have you dance' line by the hero's best friend, I see similarities in the two exchanges. The best friend would like to see his friend, the hero, in a better humour, and thinks if he can find a pretty girl to dance with, it might help. The hero is in no mood to dance, does not intend to dance, is not in a mood to be humoured, and certainly does not expect to find anyone to love or admire at the dance they are attending.
This also shows Jane Austen's wonderful knowledge of human nature and is also a very subtle reference to Shakespeare.
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